Wireless as a tool to improve operations and data collections


Conference: Metering, Billing/CRM India
Location: Mumbai, India
Presenter: Hallvard Moholdt
Abstract: Presented by Hallvard Moholdt at Metering, Billing/CRM India

The presentation addresses the performance of and experience from implementations of open and proven standards for wireless AMR in Europe.  Open standards ease interoperation between vendors of equipment which increase availability and competition and reduce cost. Wireless AMR is a flexible and cost competitive solution for smart metering, reducing installation cost and network maintenance. Based on a European directive, reading of electricity, heat, water and gas meters has huge momentum in the region. Wireless M-Bus (Message-Bus) and ZigBee are both recognized from several projects and finds its place amongst a limited variety of wireless solutions. The cost benefits for wireless metering, its challenges and practical experience with the various implementations are presented.   

Large-scale deployments of AMR systems require long term reliable solutions with best life cycle cost. Wireless AMR introduces low installation cost and dynamic performance in a non-static infrastructure. Performance vice, long range two-way communication with encryption and option for long battery lifetime is crucial for highest reliability. The most common techniques used for this are addressed during the presentation.

Due to the large availability of interoperating meters and effective protocols for data collection and control systems in Europe the deployed systems are a good reference and are of general interest in an expanding market. Local regulations might directly allow for existing standards to be implemented, either directly or with some radio performance adjustments. The parameters which are of most interest for meeting local regulations are presented.